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DAVID CROSBY Gen­eral manager Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port

DANIEL Buck­ing­ham took this photo of his daugh­ter, Olivia, five, in front of a cherry blos­som tree along Wood­side Av­enue, in Che­sham Bois.

Mr Buck­ing­ham said: “The trees are a lovely sight at this time of year.”

Do you have an eye for a good pho­to­graph? Would you like to see your work in this col­umn? Send a high-res­o­lu­tion JPEG file of a favourite snap to us via email at buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

Please in­clude your name, ad­dress and phone num­ber and a brief de­scrip­tion of the scene. Wy­combe, who chose the Green Party in this year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

Be­cause of you, the Green Party has al­most quadru­pled its na­tional vote since 2010, when we were last asked who to send back to West­min­ster. Well over one mil­lion peo­ple across the UK voted for what they be­lieve in – 10 per cent of the to­tal Con­ser­va­tive vote.

Lo­cally, again thanks to you, two of us re­tained our de­posits, gain­ing more than five per cent of the vote, mean­ing that £1,000 has been re­turned to the party – a not in­signif­i­cant sum – and a wel­come fund­ing boost for fu­ture cam­paigns.

Thirty-nine Green can­di­dates stood for elec­tion at dis­trict level – al­most all for the first time – so the Green op­tion and of­fer­ing was avail­able to a far wider elec­torate than ever be­fore.

Across the board our lo­cal vote share is now broadly on a par with Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP – if not the Tories, yet!

But your votes have firmly es­tab­lished the Green Party as the fifth main party lo­cally and in Eng­land. At town and parish level you elected two Green coun­cil­lors.

Yet more lo­cal peo­ple have joined the Green Party in the last week. Our na­tional membership (when this let­ter went to press) was surg­ing to 70,000— the fourth largest po­lit­i­cal party in the UK and third largest in Eng­land and Wales. Please join us – we are the grow­ing party of the fu­ture.

So, thank you again for vot­ing for what you be­lieve in! Your vote re­ally has counted. The pol­i­tics of the fu­ture will now be dif­fer­ent from the pol­i­tics of the past. The Green Party will con­tinue to strive for a so­ci­ety, and com­mu­ni­ties, that work for the com­mon good.

JEM BAI­LEY, DAVE HAMP­TON and GILL WALKER

Green Party

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